For terms the courses are offered, please consult the Schedule of Classes. Courses offered are subject to teaching availability.

LING 110g: In a Word (4 units)

Words as a gateway to the human mind. How words are stored, comprehended and retrieved. How words are constructed. Word and concepts. Words and social constructs. The processing and the acquisition of words in normal and atypical children and adults.

LING 115g: Language, Society, and Culture (4 units)

Discourse patterns among diverse social groups in institutional and interpersonal settings; interrelationships among language practices and gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity; social structures and cultural values as reflected in language policies and practices. 


LING 210g: Introduction to Linguistics (4 units)

Empirical study of the sounds and structures of human language; syntax and semantics; language change; linguistic universals.

LING 275Lg: Language and Mind (4 units)

Language within cognitive science: speech physiology and acoustics, language acquisition, reading, language disorders, perception and mental representation of words, linguistic diversity and computer analysis of speech.

LING 285Lg: Human Language and Technology (4 units)

Study of human linguistic competence and technologies that simulate it. Grammar, parsing, text generation; semantics, pragmatics, sense disambiguation; phonetics, speech synthesis, speech recognition.

LING 295g: The Ancient Near East: Culture Archaeology, Texts (4 units)

An investigation of the peoples of the ancient Near East, focusing upon the writings which they produced, their languages and scripts, and their archaeological remains.

Concurrent enrollment: MDA 140

LING 301: Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (4 units)

A survey of topics in phonetics and phonology.

Duplicates credit in former LING 401a
Prerequisite: LING 210

LING 302: Introduction to Syntax (4 units)

A survey of topics in syntax and semantics.

Duplicates credit in former LING 402a
Prerequisite: LING 210

LING 303: Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (4 units)

Introduction to meaning in natural language and the methods from logic applied to its study.

Prerequisite: LING 210

LING 307: Linguistic Theory and Communication Disorders (4 units)

Introduces the breadth of possible communication disorders with a particular focus on the duties of the professionals who assist people with these disorders.  Explores both the diagnostic criteria and common interventions for disorders such as Language Impairment, stuttering, swallowing, and dementia.

Recommended Preparation: LING 210

LING 322g: Language Contact and Language Acquisition (4 units)

The emergence of new languages, spoken and signed, in socio-historical situations, where linguistic input is degraded and insufficient to support the ordinary language acquisition process.

LING 325g: Language and Number (4 units)

Analysis of the formal properties of linguistic expressions of number with the goal of understanding the structures that underlie language and numerical reasoning.

EALC 374: Language and Society in East Asia (4 units)

The interaction of language with society in countries of East Asia: language and identity, the politicization of languagelanguage change, language and gender.

Crosslisted as LING 374

LING 380: Languages of the World (4 units)

Introduction to the world’s linguistic diversity; number of languages spoken and where; grammatical structure and social function of selected languages.

LING 385Lg: Human Language as Computation (4 units)

Study of language as a complex natural system that requires elaborate mental computation.

LING 390: Special Problems (1-4 units)

Supervised, individual studies. No more than one registration permitted.

Enrollment by petition only

LING 401: Advanced Phonology (4 units)

Advanced study of topics in phonology.

Duplicates credit in former LING 401b
Prerequisite: LING 301

LING 402: Advanced Syntax (4 units)

Advanced study of topics in syntax.

Duplicates credit in former LING 402b
Prerequisite: LING 210, LING 302

LING 403: Advanced Semantics (4 units)

Topics in the theory of meaning in natural language

Duplicates credit in former LING 201
Prerequisite: LING 302

LING 405: Child Language Acquisition (4 units)

Universal characteristics of child language; stages of acquisition of phonology, syntax, semantics; processes and dimensions of development; psychological mechanisms; communicative styles.

Duplicates credit in former LING 395

LING 406: Psycholinguistics (4 units)

Experimental and theoretical aspects of how spoken and written language is produced and understood, learned during childhood, and affected by brain damage.

Prerequisite: LING 210 or PSYC 100

LING 407: Atypical Language (4 units)

Analysis of atypical language and language pathologies throughout the lifespan and their relevance to current linguistic and cognitive science theory. 

Prerequisite: LING 210 or PSYC 100

LING 408: Sociolinguistics (4 units)

Linguistic and cultural pluralism in the U.S.; distributional and structural characteristics of selected urban and minority dialects; the relationship between dialects and “media standard.” 

Prerequisite: LING 210

LING 409: Linguistic Structure of English (3 units)

An overview of the syntactic, semantic, pragmatic structures of English as they relate to the theoretical literature on language acquisition. 

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

410: Second Language Acquisition (4 units)

Theories of second language acquisition in children and adults; comparison of first and second language acquisition including psychological, social, and individual factors.

Duplicates credit in former LING 396
Prerequisite: LING 210

LING 411x: Linguistics and Education (4 units)

Practical classroom approaches to children’s language; relationships between writing, reading, and speaking; social and regional dialects; traditional, structural, and generative-transformational grammars. 

Not available for major or minor credit

LING 412: Language and Law (4 units)

Principles of semantics; analysis of speech acts including informing, promising, threatening, warning; linguistic analysis of consumer contracts and advertisements; readability studies.

LING 415: Phonetics (4 units)

Familiarization with the articulation and transcription of speech sounds. Also vocal tract anatomy, acoustics, speech technology, non-English sounds, perception. Includes laboratory exercises.

PSYC 433: Children’s Learning and Cognitive Development (4 units)

Principles of cognitive development, learning, and motivation applied to the development of literacy: includes tutoring a child two hours per week.

Prerequisite: PSYC 336

LING 450: Forensic Speaker Identification (4 units)

Overview of methods used to identify voices on the basis of their characteristic speech patterns.

PHIL 465: Philosophy of Language (4 units)

The nature of communication, meaning, reference, truth, necessity, speech acts, convention, and language.

LING 466: Word and Phrase Origins (4 units)

Introduction to historical-comparative word study; history of ideas concerning language relationships; types of semantic change; hidden metaphors in English word-stock.

LING 480: Linguistic Structures (4 units)

Analysis of grammatical structures of an individual language.

LING 485: Field Methodology (4 units)

Elicitation techniques and methodological principles; recording and analysis of phonological, syntactic, and semantic structures; practical approaches to procedures used in urban and rural settings.

LING 490x: Directed Research (2-8 units, max 8)

Individual research and readings. Not available for graduate credit. 

Prerequisite: Departmental approval

LING 497: Honors Thesis (4 units)

Writing of the honors thesis. 

Registration is restricted to honors students

LING 499: Special Topics (2-4 units, max 8)

Investigation of selected topics in linguistics.